Homestead: Friday qualifying report

Pruett takes second pole for Ganassi Scott Pruett captured his second-straight Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series pole of the season during qualifying for the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Pruett turned a blistering ...

Pruett takes second pole for Ganassi

Scott Pruett captured his second-straight Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series pole of the season during qualifying for the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Pruett turned a blistering 1.13.375 lap at 112.845 mph in the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates No. 01 Lexus Riley XI, shattering the Daytona Prototype track record by 3.6 seconds.

"I figured a high 13 was very do able. So with a low 13, I was surprised. When we qualified in Daytona, I didn't expect to do as well as we did. I think a lot of it is you get to run by yourself. When you get out there by yourself, you get a lot of momentum," said Pruett.

Pruett took his first pole of the season earlier this month at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, where he also set a new Daytona Prototype track record. The CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing team was fined $1,000 following technical inspection for downloading data from the No. 01 Lexus Daytona Prototype prior to the inspection, which is disallowed according to the Grand American Rulebook. However, the team maintained its pole position.

Lexus swept the top three during qualifying for Saturday's 250-mile race, with Didier Theys putting the Doran-Lista Racing No. 27 Lexus Doran JE4 on the outside pole with a 1:14.159 lap at 111.652 mph, narrowly beating out Oswaldo Negri Jr. in the Michael Shank Racing No. 6 Lexus Doran, who clocked a 1:14.166 lap at 111.641 mph.

Last year's polesitter and the previous track record holder, David Donohue, will start on the outside of row two in the Red Bull Brumos Racing No. 58 Porsche Fabcar, which recorded a 1:14.172 lap at 111.632 mph.

Fourteen of the 18 Daytona Prototypes in the field for this weekend's Grand Prix of Miami recorded times quicker than Donohue's track record, due in part to the reconfiguration of the track to included banking on the oval portion, as well as the development of the Daytona Prototypes over the last year.

Boris Said topped the GT class in the Prototype Technology Group No. 21 BMW M3. Said put together a 104.381 mph lap in 1:19.325, besting the GT track record set by Joao Barbosa in 2001 by 0.626 seconds.

The Racer's Group No. 66 Porsche GT3 RS will start second in the GT class thanks to Ian James' 1:19.575 lap at 104.053 mph, while the class winners from the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Orbit Racing, will start third after Jay Policastro's 1:19.652 lap at 103.952 mph.

David Murry recorded the quickest lap in the Super Grand Sport (SGS) class during qualifying, however his 1:21.961 lap at 101.024 mph was disqualified during technical inspection due to a technical infraction on the AASCO Motorsports No. 16 Porsche GT3 Cup. The team used an illegal wing during qualifying that must be replaced prior to the start of Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami.

Greg Wilkins will lead the SGS class to the green flag in place of Murry. Wilkins turned a 1:23.378 lap at 99.307 mph in the Doncaster Racing No. 71 Porsche. Marc Bunting will start second in the class in the TPC Racing No. 38 Porsche. Bunting clocked a 1:23.592 at 99.053 mph.

The green flag will fall on the Grand Prix of Miami at 3 p.m., immediately following Toyota INDY 300 qualifying for the IRL IndyCar Series. Tickets are currently available for both races and can be purchased online at www.grandamerican.com.

The Grand Prix of Miami will be broadcast on SPEED Channel on Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Didier Theys , Scott Pruett , David Murry , Ian James , David Donohue , Joao Barbosa , Greg Wilkins , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Marc Bunting , Chip Ganassi , Michael Shank , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing